First off, I would like to say that Easter really has nothing to do with chocolate bunnies and plastic eggs. These things are fun and our weekend was full of great activities, but the truth of Easter weekend lies in the power of the cross and the resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Without Jesus, life itself would be meaningless. Everything fades in comparison to him. I love Easter Sunday morning. There is an energy to it. There is excitement, hope and celebration. Without fail, I usually cry at some point during the church services. I find the power of the resurrection so moving and the love of my Savior is hard to fathom. It’s just so amazing. We had a lot of kids in our ministry get baptized this Easter. I’m so proud of each of them and my heart soars at the decision they have decided to make. I pray that they continue to fall in love with Jesus while they are a young and that they develop a deep and rich relationship with the Lord that lasts a lifetime.
Now that has been said, our Easter weekend activities were so much fun! After being so sick, for so long, I was ready to have a good time and get out of the house a bit. On Friday night, my parent’s watched Owen so Jeremy and I could go see Cinderella in the theaters. It was a sweet movie and it was so nice to be out. As we were exiting the theater around 6:30pm, I was amazed at the amount of people coming in to the movies, especially teenagers. It just shows how often I go to the movies. My awe of the crowds made me feel like I’ve been a bit reclusive lately. I need to get out more!
Saturday was a family day that we packed in the Easter/Spring fun. Jeremy and Owen started the day off by running into town together. It was nice to have a bit of quiet time around the house.While Owen napped, Jeremy and I dyed Easter eggs. I haven’t done that in forever and it was a sure an experience with Jeremy! After Owen’s nap, we went out to look at some local tulip fields. Owen really enjoyed the tulip fields, but the whole outing itself was a bit hit or miss. Owen was happy or he was not happy… It went back and forth a lot. When we got home from the tulip fields, we did a small egg hunt for Owen in the front yard. Since Owen missed out on Easter Eggstravaganza last weekend, I was itching to see him do an egg hunt. Owen was interested in only about half the eggs we put out, but it was still fun to watch him. After the hunt, it was time for another nap. To wrap up our evening, we gave Owen his Easter basket. We knew that Easter Sunday was going to be packed full so we wanted him to enjoy some time with his basket items. It was fun to assemble a basket for Owen this year. He got a couple of small toys, some bubbles (which we had to go outside and use immediately), a mini flashlight, a small chocolate bunny, some crayons, a Mickey Mouse coloring book, and book about Spring. On an impulse, I bought Peeps to put in his basket. Now before the world gets horrified at my parenting skills, I’m just curious what he will think of Peeps. I plan on giving him a small, child safe piece. I want to see his reaction. I have no plans on him eating the whole package himself. In fact, apart from deforming them in the microwave, I have no purpose for Peeps in my own life. Owen got to play around with his new goodies for a while then it was bath time and bed time.
Sunday, we got ready for church and spent the morning at Bethel celebrating Jesus’ resurrection. My sister and brother-in-law made the drive up to go to church with us, so it was nice to see them before they jetted off to be with Andrew’s family for the rest of the day. Owen and I left church a little early so he could get a nap and Toby could have some time out of the crate before the long afternoon/evening of family gatherings. Our first stop was Jeremy’s aunt and uncle’s house to share a meal with the local clan. Owen enjoyed giving the dogs treats and getting lots of kisses from the puppies. Then we hit the road to head up my family gathering. Owen arrived just in time for the egg hunt. Each kid was allowed to pick up 24 eggs. Let’s just say Owen wasn’t as interested in collecting eggs this go around. He found a football in the yard and held it the whole time he was hunting. He also found a stick, an empty cup and a flower wind catcher… He was interested in everything but the eggs. Owen eventually got all the eggs he was supposed to, but he might have had some adult help with that. We enjoyed dessert with my family before heading back home to get Owen ready for bed. It was a FULL day. It’s always great to see our families. It’s not often that we all get together, so these times are important and special.
Well, that sums our Easter weekend! It was the best Easter weekend I’ve had in a long time. The change to having Easter Eggstravaganza the week before Easter meant that this weekend we had more energy than we usually do. It was a nice change to spread out the activities. I really enjoyed the Saturday before Easter. It was a great family day for us. I love starting our own little traditions and doing things with Owen that I did as a kid. It’s also fun that he isn’t at the candy eating stage quiet yet, so all his sugary spoils will be enjoyed by Jeremy and I!